Dear Teresa :: Open letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Teresa,

 I’m pretty sure there will be a flurry of open letters ping ponging around the internet in the wake of the general election. I’ve seen a few myself, usually written by hardcore labourites or angry socialists, disabled people asking you to ease up on them and THINK about your welfare cuts already and students telling you they shouldn’t have to pay for their education.

I’m none of those people Teresa, in fact, I’m one of those rare individuals that will openly say I am conservative voter, despite the utterly appalling retribution it seems to bring. I’m not going to beat around the bush, I’m not going to spend days explaining why I vote conservative as there are so many reasons (though for those of you with itchy fingers, it’s not because I hate the poor or disabled, – I’ve been kitchen empty, bank in overdraft by hundreds poor. Also not a hater of the NHS, it was the Labour Party that started the privatisation process there – another one of the reasons I didn’t like the most recent campaign they ran… no mention of that there huh?) and one of the things I truly love about this country is that no one has to justify who they vote for as everyone has a say. I didn’t talk to my friends or followers on Instagram or facebook about who to vote for or try to sway them because it’s their choice, and we’re all different.

I’ve made a bit of an error there actually Teresa, this should say “I WAS a conservative voter”, because until you are no longer in power I will never vote for your party again.

I think the British public, especially young people, sent you a message this election – sent all of you a message. I can see why to be fair, I considered voting Lib Dem as I hated a lot of your manifesto, but the only thing that stopped me was that I felt Labour’s manifesto would directly harm my family and I, whilst being wholly unrealistic in practice. Then the hung parliament is called and I felt a sense that maybe, just maybe, you could all work together – silly I know, for someone who dislikes Jeremy Corbyn because he’s an idealist and I don’t think that will work in politics. I had this sense that perhaps you and the conservatives would bring a touch of realism, stop me and mine from being vilified for earning a higher wage and not wanting to give half of it away through some misconceived notion that I owe it to others just because, while Mr Corbyn would neutralise the policies that you have created that would directly harm people who are genuinely in need – as there is no doubt you’ve left them to get caught in the cross fire whilst trying to stop people taking advantage.

I was hopeful.

And for that I was an utter moron.

Teresa, signing up with the DUP as your backing singers is tantamount to getting a piggy back on Donald Trump around the House of Commons whilst Putin takes the stand and reminds us all the girls aren’t as clever as boys.

Here’s a few facts about the DUP:

    They believe that members of the LBGTQ community are abominations

    They are against same sex marriage (though that was one of the reasons I didn’t want you specifically as my PM, you didn’t agree with same sex marriage either, did you? How would they decide who would take out the bins?)

    They don’t believe in evolution, they believe in God and creation. They are creationists. C’mon people.

    They don’t believe in abortion. Having had an abortion, I feel like I can’t begin to put into words how abysmal it is that they have voted against the right to make that choice in Northern Ireland. They have voted against it and it is still illegal to have an abortion there even in the case of rape.

    They do not believe that women are equal to men.

    They do not believe that members of the LBGTQ community should be allowed to adopt. Do you know why? They are more likely to abuse or neglect their children… are you fucking kidding me here?

    They don’t believe in climate change. It’s a con.

Those are just a few fun facts Teresa in case you didn’t get chance to look up their beliefs when you were frantically scrambling around after creating this shit show of an election in the first place, losing your “strong and stable” position. I mean, what were you thinking? Well, we know what you were thinking, you thought you could slam into a hard Brexit with a smirk on your face after a landslide win and no one could really oppose you, didn’t you? I get it, I really do, but this is the very problem with you and the current Conservative party, you don’t listen. The public were torn on Brexit, so very torn. The public voted to leave, so we leave, but why not listen, why not work WITH the other parties and say ok, how are we going to make sure that we get out in a way that the majority of the public will be at least somewhat comfortable with? Jesus Teresa, you didn’t want to leave the EU any more than I did or the 48%. Why not try and work together with the opposition instead of calling another election?

I’m digressing, I know I am. My point is simply this: you’ve let me down. As a woman, how can you align yourself with a party that doesn’t believe in your basic rights to body autonomy? How are you going to explain to your LBGTQ voters that you’re now giving the nod to a party that has openly called them abominations, abusers and negligent to children? How are you going to explain to those who have worked tirelessly to secure more interest in climate change that you’re now #teamcon?

As a female PM you’re working twice as hard, twice as often to be a taken seriously and respected. You being in power should be a good thing for women, it should be a progression for our country, but you’ve let it become a back track. I should be able to look to you to make my daughter’s future brighter, bring her more equality and take the stand for women and men alike, and yet here you are with DUP?!

Teresa, the only thing I can say about you now truly is that you have kind of nice shoes. Everything else fails me.

Yours most certainly less than respectfully,

A former conservative voter.

16 Comments

  1. Stacey black&beech
    June 26, 2017 / 11:56 pm

    Hey Harriot.
    I’ll write a longer message in this topic tomorrow just want to say you read as a lib dem to me based on these thoughts. Would you ever consider giving them your vote?

    • Harriet June 28, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      100% – that is where my vote will be going next time. Unfortunately I’ve always felt they were a “wasted” vote (and I shouldn’t really say wasted because no vote is waste, but you understand what I mean). I’ve always laughed at Adam who is stoically lib den because it’s so on the fence – but it’s not, it’s pulling the best from both parties (in my mind) and it is where I think I am going to rest my head until the conservative party stops the regressive line they are going down. H 🙂

  2. June 22, 2017 / 1:17 am

    So refreshing to read such an honest post about this whole election disaster. I had never heard of the DUP before but from everything I’ve read and from what you’ve written here I am very worried about the future and what our government has in store for us all, they definitely don’t sound like the kind of party I would ever vote for in a million years. This post was linked as someone’s favourite to #blogcrush xx

  3. June 20, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Yes – she continues to not understand the zeitgest in the country right now and is not reading the signals – signing up with the DUP is extremely worrying indeed. #BlogCrush

  4. June 18, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Thank you so much for writing this, and for being so open about politics.

    I’m quite the pick ‘n mix when it comes to politics – I like a bit of everything – and years ago I used to vote Tory. Although they didn’t necessarily represent me with some (most) views I knew they were going to get us debt free and that was important. But not anymore, not now she’s in power. She has really let me down as a UK citizen – even more so now – but especially as a woman.

    She has a rare opportunity to do something brilliant, set an example, and she’s messing it up. I knew she would looking at her relationship with Trump but I really hoped she would pull it out of the bag after her disastrous election.

    I’m really nervous about what’s going to happen over the next few years. For my son, my family, for me. The future does not look bright.

    • Harriet June 19, 2017 / 8:10 am

      Thanks Kate, I was really torn this time – I felt like Corbyn would be a nightmare, not just for me but I’m not a fan of socialism in general (doesn’t really work well for anyone who has it in practice) but I absolutely couldn’t support the woman, no way. The future doesn’t look bright no matter which way you look. It’s a very unsettling time.

  5. June 16, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    You my lovely are awesome-this is a fab post and I don’t think you’re alone in your opinions. To openly admit you’re a conservative voter (knowing you’ll get morons have a moan about that) is big enough, but to speak out about the PM, and the DUP is even more admirable.
    #blogcrush

    • Harriet June 19, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Thank you so much lovely, it is something that anyone should be able to just say “hey, my views differ to yours, but I respect you and wish you no ill” – obviously when you get any extremism involved that is something that stand up against, but just being different within that realms of normality (and by that I mean not fuelled by hatred) should be something we can all discuss and hopefully be able to educate each other and come together more.

  6. June 16, 2017 / 6:36 am

    I can’t tell you how much this post made me think chick. I feel very similar to you and I had no realisation of some of the dark age style messages DUP deliver. I am so disappointed. Thank you for posting this and opening my eyes a bit xx

    • Harriet June 16, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Thanks lovely – they are a very worrying party and the most recent news that the DUP have received support for the NI abortion laws from Cons is terrifying. The NI public can’t be forgotten and pushed further back because Tories want a leg up.

  7. June 15, 2017 / 7:52 am

    I am from different country, and I don’t believe in media – they just manipulate people (journalists have to make money as we do, to “modify” the news is so easy – my own expeirence). Post like this gets me in 1000% better than any TV or mainstream internet news channel. This is one point – I thank you for the message. Second point is your openess in this article. As (if I understand well) your popularity depends on whether people agree with you or not, such a strong statement is lets say – dangerous. I see at the top of the page the headings of your previous blog – You’re a super mum, and so am I. I try to be a superdad and you – you are for me a true supermam. GOOD LUCK!!! Rostia, Czech republic

    • Harriet June 15, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Thank you so much Rostia 🙂

  8. June 14, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    I’m a believer in voting and accepting the results. Even if it isn’t how you voted. BUT I totally agree that for the DUP to join in with the Conservatives just seems totally wrong.
    There logic seems to be from a forgotten time. I don’t really see how their policies can integrate with our more open minded accepting culture.
    Integration is one thing, but integrating with party that appears to be 6 steps behind us isn’t progress.
    Finally it’s refreshing to see someone open up to conservatism albeit post conservatism.

    • Harriet June 15, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Thank you. I’ve always been very open about it as I truly believe that everyone should have a choice. I have nothing but respect for people who vote, and that is the end of the sentence! I couldn’t care less whether you vote blue, red or whatever, as long as you use your right to vote. I think you’re exactly right, I have always been a torn conservative as I feel they don’t represent me in a lot of my liberal views, but they do represent my more economic and security based views. I am very mixed politically. I think for me, signing up with the DUP sends a clear message that nothing was heard in this election, and now in the last 48hrs offering a nod to NI abortion laws has horrified me. It is something that I think has really damaged the party and I doubt I would vote for them in the future because of it.

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